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Eric Herbert Sherman

Military

(Adapted from the obituary in The San Diego Union Tribune, 23 September 2008)
Born and raised in Illinois, Eric Sherman moved to San Diego in March of 1941 where he met and married a sweet local girl, Ethel Currier. He worked for the Southern California Telephone Company from June of 1941 until he entered the Army Air Force Cadet Program in March of 1942.

Made a 2nd Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 446th Bomb Group on 3 June 1943 at Alamagordo, New Mexico. Sent to Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado for further training, he accompanied the air echelon to Europe.

Eric became a B-24 lead pilot in the 8th Air Force’s 446th Bomber Group in England. He flew his first mission on 16 December 1943 and was shot down on his 28th mission on 21 July 1944, piloting B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315.

Immediately captured after landing in parachute, he was made a Prisoner of War (POW) and interned at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Northern Germany. The camp was liberated by the Russian Army in May 1945.

Repatriated to the USA, Eric returned to civilian life and his career at the telephone company in San Diego in January of 1947. He retired from the telephone company (Pacific Bell) and from the Air Force Reserves in 1980 as a Lt. Colonel.

Eric loved sports and played locally AAA and AA fast pitch softball. He belonged to Torrey Pines, Coronado and Balboa Golf Courses and a couple of local bowling leagues.

Service

People

  • Calvin Ballard

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    Captain Calvin Ballard served as Nose Turret Gunner on board B-24 #42-100315 "Quivering Box" of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. The Liberator was hit by Flak on return from the mission and Calvin...

  • Charles Clark

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • John Clay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    John Clay was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-100315 "Quivering Box" of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. Wounded in the head, he died the same day in hospital and was buried in a military cemetery in Berg...

  • John Hand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    John E. Hand Jr was a Co-Pilot in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. A member of the Charles W. Haney crew, he replaced Pilot Eric H. Sherman's regular co-pilot on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. John Hand was on B-24 ...

  • Glenn Hoffman

    Military | Lieutenant | B-24 Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Glenn Hoffman graduated from high school in 1939 after 4 years at Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois. He worked for awhile as a stableman in a riding stable. He was, then, employed at the Chicago Union Station in the Chicago office of...

  • Euylse Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Euylse Jackson was Right Waist gunner on B-24 Quivering Box #42-100315 of 446th BG / 705th BS, shot down by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. Wounded, Jackson went down with the plane and crashed near Tholen in The Netherlands....

  • William Kopczynski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Bill Kopczynski trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. He served in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Ball Turret Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to...

  • William Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    William Lutes enlisted in August 1942 and trained as an enginer/gunner. He was sent overseas and served in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Engineer / Top Turret Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it...

  • William McDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    William McDonald trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. He was a Ball Turret Gunner in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. He was on B-24 “Quivering Box” 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich,...

  • Leiding Olson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Leiding Olson trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission...

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Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 705th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100315 Quivering Box

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24J "Quivering Box of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron was hit by Flak on return from the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. One engine caught fire imediately and another stopped. According to a statement in the Missing Air Crew Report ...

Missions

  • 486

    21 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Evanston, Illinois 21 July 1919

the son of Eric A. and Hedwig S. Sherman

Lived in San Diego, California, United States 1941
Enlisted Fort Rosecrans, San Diego, California, United States 4 March 1942

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

captured near Tholen, The Netherlands 21 July 1944

Immediately arrested after landing in parachute

Prisoner of War (POW) 21 July 1944 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 1, North 2 Compound, Barrack 7, Room 12 Barth, Germany.

Buried Greenwood National Park, San Diego, California, United States September 2008
Died La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States 17 September 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 11:44:25 ED-BB Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events
Sources

MACR 7250
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
US 1940 Census

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 09:15:39 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7250
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
US 1940 Census

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 7250 & Page 406 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45); The History of the 446th Bomb Group (H), pg 15

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